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Duluth NAACP reaction to Rittenhouse verdict: "It's just more of the same"

This caricature of Kyle Rittenhouse was adapted from a mug shot from the Antioch, Illinois Police Department. Last week a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges related to his shooting of three men on Aug. 25, 2020.

(The Duluth Police Department) has made it extremely clear that they're 100% unwilling to make policy changes

Every single day we're contacted on our email address from folks here in the Northland ... people saying that the system has failed them: that they've been wrongfully convicted of a crime, that they've been beat up by a police officer. It's these stories that just break out heart and that then make us look at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial with such scorn.
Jamey Sharp, Duluth Branch NAACP

Not everyone agreed with the jury's decision last week to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges relating to his shooting three men last August, but the conversation about systemic racism hits close to home for the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.

On the one hand, they're cautiously optimistic about the changes that City has made; including the development of a crisis response system and improvements to jail house care. But a sticking point seems to be the Duluth Police Department, which spokesperson Jamey Sharp says is "stonewalling."

More information about the statistics referenced in this story are available at LEAN Duluth.

Lisa Johnson has been a broadcast journalist for 41 years ... and a radio announcer for a teensy bit longer.